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Emergency War Surgery Course (EWSC)

Format: Resident with Distant Learning Requirements

The EWSC establishes combat training competencies and coordinates training to develop and sustain DOD trauma surgeons located in operational environments, military treatment facilities, or at Level I trauma treatment facilities.  This course is intended for DOD trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and surgical sub-specialties; however, physician assistants, trauma nurses, medical technicians, and surgical technicians are able to attend and audit the course to gain exposure facilitating assistance to the surgical physicians.  The course consists of didactic distant learning lectures and an in-person laboratory practicum.  The course facilitators (general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and other surgical specialties) will guide and assist students to gain a better understanding of surgical treatment techniques unique to the care of the trauma injured patient in an austere environment.  This course will help surgeons understand the pathophysiology of war wounds to best care for the injured casualty.  This course content is standardized among the three services by mutual agreement and sharing of curriculum. Completion of distance learning activity is required prior to course attendance.

 

ASSET+

The Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) course establishes combat training competencies and coordinates training to develop and sustain DOD trauma surgeons located in operational environments, military treatment facilities, or at Level I trauma treatment facilities.  This course is intended for DOD trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, surgical sub-specialties, physician assistants, trauma nurses, medical technicians, and surgical technicians.  Students will receive a manual prior to taking the course which provides an overview of key surgical exposures in five key anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities.  The two-day cadaver and simulator-based course follows this modular, body region approach.  Each section begins with a short, case-based overview; followed by a hands-on exposure performed by students under the guidance of faculty.  The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students.  The student assesses their ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills.  This course will fulfill the skills element of the General Surgery KSA requirements for all services.  Skills will follow the Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for pre-deployment training.

 

COTS+

 

The purpose of the Combat Orthopedic Trauma Surgery course is to establish combat training competencies and coordinate training to develop and sustain DOD orthopedic surgeons located in operational environments, military treatment facilities, or at Level I trauma treatment facilities.  This course is intended for DOD orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, surgical sub-specialties, physician assistants, trauma nurses, medical technicians, and surgical technicians.  In addition to fractures, it is not uncommon for battlefield extremity injuries to also have complex soft tissue injuries, vascular injuries, and/or burns.  During this intensive course, surgeons and other healthcare providers will receive practical surgical training that will prepare them to stabilize and resuscitate extremity trauma.  Attendees will also learn the appropriate deployed setting soft tissue coverage techniques for these wounds.  Each section begins with a short, case-based overview, followed by a hands-on exposure performed by students under the guidance of faculty.  The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students.  The student assesses their ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills.  This course will fulfill the skills element of the Orthopedic Surgery KSAs requirements for all services.  Skills will follow CPG recommendations for pre-deployment training.

 

The EWSC offers up to 30 CMEs. Nurses can petition to convert CMEs to CEUs.

ATTRS Registration Instructions

EWSC ASSET+

The Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) course establishes combat training competencies and coordinates training to develop and sustain DOD trauma surgeons, located in operational environments, military treatment facilities, or at Level I trauma treatment facilities.  This course is intended for DOD trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, surgical sub-specialties, trauma nurses, medical technicians, and surgical technicians.

Course didactic: self-paced completion in JKO for all participants prior to attendance at resident course; surgeons, non-surgeons, and nurses.

Day 1

  • ASSET+ (Advanced Surgical Skills Exposure in Trauma)

  • Surgeons will perform the course skills

Day 2

  • ASSET+ (Advanced Surgical Skills Exposure in Trauma)

  • Surgeons will perform course skills

  • Post-course test will be administered

  • Certificates and CME

Participants will receive an email from MODS with instructions on how to access CME credits.

EWSC COTS+

The Combat Orthopedic Trauma Surgery (COTS) course establishes combat training competencies and coordinate training to develop and sustain DOD orthopedic surgeons located in operational environments, military treatment facilities, or at Level I trauma treatment facilities.  This course is intended for DOD orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, surgical sub-specialties, physician assistants, trauma nurses, medical technicians, and surgical technicians. 

Course didactic: self-paced completion in JKO for all participants prior to attendance at resident course; surgeons, non-surgeons, and nurses.

Day 1

  • ASSET+ (Advanced Surgical Skills Exposure in Trauma)

  • Surgeons will perform the course skills

Day 2

  • COTS+ (Combat Orthopedic Trauma Surgery Skills)

  • Surgeons will perform course skills

  • Post-course test will be administered

  • Certificates and CME

Participants will receive an email from MODS with instructions on how to access CME credits.

Steps for Each Service to Enroll in EWSC

U.S. Army

All students must complete a DA Form 3838, signed by their commander.  Forward the signed DA Form 3838 and current physical fitness test to the service specific point of contact listed below.  Seats are limited for this course and are not controlled by DMRTI or the instructor staff.

  • U.S. Army Active: Submit approved DA Form 3838 to Assignment Officer
  • U.S. Army Nurse Corpsusarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.opmd-nurse-corps1@mail.mil
  • U.S. Army Medical Corpsusarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.opmd-medical-corps@mail.mil
  • U.S. Army Reserves: TPU/IMA/IRR Soldiers - Individual commands/units are responsible for ATRRS enrollment and funding
  • U.S. Army National Guard: ARNG-TRI/Contractor (OES Action Officer) Management and Training Consultants
    • Arlington Hall Station #1
    • 111 S. George Mason Drive
    • Arlington, VA 22204
    • (703) 607-1354

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Navy

Coast Guard

  • Contact Medical Readiness Division, COMM: 202-475-5183

Course Links

Upcoming Courses

Class Report Date Start Date End Date Locations
ASSET+  01 Feb 21  02 Feb 21  03 Feb 21  Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA 
COTS+  03 Feb 21   04 Feb 21  05 Feb 21 Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA 
ASSET+  28 Feb 21  01 Mar 21 02 Mar 21 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, MD  
COTS+   02 Mar 21  03 Mar 21 04 Mar 21 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, MD  
ASSET+  21 Mar 21  22 Mar 21  23 Mar 21 Joint Base San Antonio, TX 
COTS+   23 Mar 21  24 Mar 21 25 Mar 21 Joint Base San Antonio, TX
ASSET+  03 May 21  04 May 21 05 May 21 Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA 
COTS+   05 May 21  06 May 21 07 May 21 Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA 
ASSET+  20 Jun 21  21 Jun 21 22 Jun 21 Joint Base San Antonio, TX
COTS+   23 Jun 21  24 Jun 21 25 Jun 21 Joint Base San Antonio, TX
ASSET+  02 Aug 21  03 Aug 21  04 Aug 21 Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA 
COTS+   04 Aug 21  05 Aug 21 06 Aug 21 Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
ASSET+  22 Aug 21  23 Aug 21  24 Aug 21 Joint Base San Antonio, TX
COTS+   25 Aug 21  26 Aug 21  27 Aug 21 Joint Base San Antonio, TX 

*Due to DOD travel restrictions, this course has been cancelled.

All course dates may be rescheduled if the minimum student quota requirement has not been met.  In the rare event of course cancellation or date change, DMRTI will notify all students as soon as changes are confirmed.  Confirmed registered students will have priority in the next course.

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